At BusinessLDN (spoken as Business London), we work to deliver the bigger picture, campaigning to tackle today’s challenges and secure the future promise of London.
From exploring the future of London’s built environment to campaigning for businesses during unprecedented crises, BusinessLDN finds sustainable solutions that work for Londoners and the economy across our focus areas of Connectivity, People, Place, and Sustainability.
We do this by bringing together the right people, at the right place, at the right time. We share our insights on the city’s inner workings, convene members and stakeholders, and create new policy thinking. We link up with other cities around the UK to ensure the capital supports a thriving country.
As we look to the future, our focus will ensure London remains competitive by affirming London’s place in the UK and the world. We will face the immediate challenges of economic volatility to support businesses to accelerate growth while working with the Government to achieve a successful levelling up agenda for London and the UK.
London is where business comes to find a diverse pool of talent and people come to find opportunity. But the London labour market is suffering from acute shortages at a time when it also has a relatively high unemployment rate, with the latter disproportionately affecting the young, Black and minoritised groups. Supporting young people into jobs, encouraging economically inactive workers into the labour market and reskilling people of all ages are crucial to mitigating the cost-of-living crisis by getting people into available jobs and ensuring we emerge from any recession stronger. Our focus will continue to champion London’s diverse population to create a fairer and more equal capital. We will lead the London Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) to develop an ambitious blueprint for a data-driven skills system for the capital and create a new London careers service that works for people of all ages.
To find out more about our work on the People, contact Mark Hilton or see here.
The capital’s places have undergone seismic shifts because of the pandemic: while the Central Activities Zone was hit hard by successive lockdowns because of its heavy reliance on commuters and tourist footfall, some local high streets have seen their fortunes rise.
As we unwind from the pandemic, many Londoners are choosing to work from home for at least some of the working week and patterns are still unsettled as we move to a new equilibrium – with unknown implications for demand for office space, public transport and inclusion and diversity.
Our work here spans: tackling London’s housing crisis; supporting the evolution and growth of commercial space; advocating for a quicker and simpler planning system to support growth; and ensuring the physical growth of the capital is supported by maintaining existing and delivering new infrastructure. Our work across these areas will help shape the future of London.
A London that is well connected – physically and digitally — makes doing business cheaper, cleaner, and more efficient. It boosts productivity and therefore growth. Our data will bring the public and private sector together to harness the potential of data to help solve city-wide challenges, and our role on the Data for London Board from tackling digital exclusion to identifying ways to boost tourism spending across the capital. We will also continue to advocate for the transport, digital and other infrastructure the capital needs – across the city, the UK and beyond – from securing the future of Transport for London and developing new funding models for critical projects to keeping roads moving and global travel open.
To find out more about our work on Connectivity, contact Adam Tyndall or see here.
BusinessLDN’s Coalition for International Travel brings together businesses from across sectors and cities to make a case for the role of global connectivity in the UK and the capital’s economic future.
London has an ambitious target to hit net-zero carbon by 2030, yet it produces 40% of all UK emissions. Our goal is to help successfully transition London to become a more sustainable and ultimately net-zero city, leading and driving best practices across the UK working with other cities. In doing so, our work will focus on supporting businesses to commit to and deliver on their ambitious sustainability targets, safeguarding the capital against the adverse impacts of climate change and ensuring that London is a world leader for green growth and jobs.